Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) combines aspects of acceptance and mindfulness approaches with behavior-change strategies, in an effort to help clients develop psychological flexibility. Therapists and counselors who employ ACT seek to help clients identify the ways that their efforts to suppress or control emotional experiences can create barriers. When clients are able to identify these challenges, it can be easier to make positive and lasting changes. Think this approach may work for you? Contact one of TherapyDen’s ACT specialists today to try it out.

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Of all the cognitive therapies, I think ACT is the easiest to learn, the most helpful, and the truest to our reality. I've taken courses in ACT, relational frame theory, and delayed transition to adulthood.

— Reuben Brody, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Asheville, NC

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. We will work collaboratively to help you move forward through difficult emotions, so you can put your energy into healing instead of dwelling on the negative. You'll learn a collection of coping mechanisms specifically designed for your situation, which you can use throughout your life to handle challenging experiences.

— Nicole Bermensolo, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

ACT is another one of my favorite therapy modalities in that, instead of telling us to uselessly fight against the circumstances of life that are out of our control anyway, it teaches us how to accept whatever comes our way. ACT also helps us create more meaning and joy in our lives as we clarify what it is that we value most and make moves to always live by those values.

— Symona Stans, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Accepting what is within our locus-of-control and what is not helps to focus the work of therapy on what can be achieved for overall health, wellness, and well being. By accepting what is, and committing to the change necessary outcomes are strengthened.

— Parker Preston, Mental Health Counselor in Newport, OR

Our clinicians often utilize an ACT approach, in conjunction with other modalities based on the individual.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in Warrington, PA

Many people get frustrated in therapy by seeking "the answer" to their problems, building insight into their suffering with the idea that this insight will "fix" them. ACT is different, because rather than looking backward, it focuses on the present moment. ACT is heavily grounded in mindfulness and self-awareness in the present moment. This approach grounds clients and helps quiet their minds allowing for more meaningful engagement in their lives.

— Ben Snyder, Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN

ACT is based upon the view that pain (whether is be emotional or physical) is unavoidable, but it does not have to stop us from finding joy in life. ACT is not designed to "fix" issues you may be experiencing, but to allow you to find ways to make space in your life to live well. I utilize ACT in several ways in treatment and have received training from ACT specialists.

— Kelsey Daniels, Licensed Professional Counselor in East Lyme, CT

ACT can help you experience your thoughts, feelings and sensations while still doing the things you value in your life.

— North Shore OCD Women's Treatment Center, Ltd. Kathi Fine Abitbol, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in Deerfield, IL

ACT is a form of behavioral therapy that combines mindfulness skills while promoting self-acceptance. It encourages the client to embrace thoughts and feelings instead of fighting them or feeling guilty for having them. ACT is supported to treat concerns such as anxiety, depression, addictions and substance abuse.

— Brionna Yanko, Psychotherapist in Denver, CO

I've completed several advance trainings with the leaders of ACT, and this modality provides the foundation for my clinical work.

— Rebecca Mercurio, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Louis, MO

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an approach that helps clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. This can help clients begin to accept their hardships and commit to making changes in their behavior, regardless of what is going on in their lives and how they feel about it.

— Justine Moore, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , TX

ACT is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. When appropriate, I also incorporate principles of 'Mindfulness Therapy' to allow clients the opportunity to simply participate in therapy without critically judging 'how they are doing'. This helps clients recognize therapy as a process and helps clients from becoming discourgaged that they don't seem to 'be able to do it (therapy) right'.

— Kevin W. Condon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marietta, GA

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the cornerstone of my work. The goal under our work is to increase psychological flexibility. By connecting clients with their values, they feel empowered to behave and decide in ways that are affirming for them, work on being adaptive and open when unwanted moments naturally arise, and work to increase healthy ways of responding to life's many changes and demands.

— Joey Salvatore, Counselor in Bethesda, MD

ACT combines the wisdoms of western and eastern sciences and philosophies to create a truly practical and wise approach to better living. The ACT framework can help clients learn to be less preoccupied with the past and future, to live more in the present and with greater integrity (authentically and in line with their deepest values), and to feel more fulfilled, confident, and happy.

— Ursa Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Edgewater, CO

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic approach that effectively addresses anxiety by combining cognitive and mindfulness strategies with behavioral techniques. I have completed extensive training and research in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This modality helps the individual to learn to walk with their anxiety instead of the constant struggle to get rid of it, causing even more pain and stress.

— Laureen Rodgers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gambrills, MD

ACT is a humanistic and behavioral approach to mental health concerns and aims to understand various forms of mental health concerns within the context of your lived experience. At times I may draw from this theory to explore how your relationship to your emotions and feelings impacts your sense of self, relationships, and behavior. The goal of this theory is to empower you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your emotions, and your behavior and encourages values-based living.

— Vanessa Steffny, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Bellevue, WA